happy weekend

May 29, 2015

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happy weekend

it’s been soooo cloudy here for the past two weeks, so i’m looking forward to a sunny weekend! we’ve been trying to figure out our situation, and we’ve started looking at houses and gathering loan options. since we both have odd job situations, it’s looking like it’s not going to be super easy – so we’re a little bummed but hoping we can make something work. i really want a house real bad. this adulthood stuff is hard. but i have some personal good news … we’re going to paris at the end of june! ok ok enough about me. i hope you guys have a good one!

⋅ therefore, should i be buying this?
⋅ also, now that i’m approaching 30, this is on my mind a lot.
⋅ but i won’t be using any of these.
⋅ this isn’t helping my house wanting cravings.
⋅ but how cute would this be for my future kids closet?
⋅ the easiest dress to wear to every summer wedding.
⋅ i neeeever use them all up. ever.

diy faux ceramic napkin rings

May 27, 2015


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we weirdly don’t own one set of napkin rings, nor did we register for any — maybe because napkin rings are kinda out of style? are they? who knows. anyway, i decided to make some! as you guys know, i am still loving the faux ceramic look you can do with polymer clay + glaze, so i went along with it.

faux ceramic napkin rings | almostmakesperfect

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01. condition your clay and make large clay balls (!), however many napkin rings you want to make.

02. roll out one at a time to a wider shape, as you see in the photo above (#2). then roll it out flat (#3) and wrap around your toilet paper roll to make sure it fits across. trim off the edges and roll back on.

03. gently press the overlapping edge onto the underlapping. then slowly and carefully remove from the tp roll. you can finesse the shape back to how it was once it’s off the roll.

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04. bake according to your package directions. once baked and cooled, mix up some paint colors. you can see my napkin rings are multi-toned, this is because i was feeling very indecisive when i was painting, and kept removing and trying new colors on top of each other. i actually ended up liking the pinkish tones under the blue, so if you want that look, that’s how you get it.

05. water down your paint using actual water, and paint onto the rings. let dry.

06. using a tiny brush and black paint, carefully add the speckle pattern (or you can do it legit and actually thwap your brush at them. i’m too afraid of a mess to try that).

07. once dry, apply the gloss glaze. to avoid it sticking to the surface it’s drying on, you can continuously pick up and move them around.

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oh and hey did you see on instagram i started a hashtag for reader projects? so if you try anything out on your own, hashtag it #almostmadeperfect!

f21 faves

May 26, 2015

f21 faves / style

f21 roundup | almost makes perfect

so like, spring is here. yeah yeah i suppose it’s been here, but it seems like the time we should stock up on summer stuff, right? ok. good. i’m glad we’re all in agreement on this. and most importantly… how cute is the swimsuit? it might look horrible on my larger chest but i am buying it anyway because yolo.

swimsuit / blouse / sandals / hat / crop top / tote / cuff set / shift dress

happy weekend

May 22, 2015

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so glad it’s friday! the weather has been super cloudy everyday, so i’m really hoping it warms up for the long weekend. we’re maybe gonna see mad max (only because no one will shut up about it) and i think we’re also going to disneyland! hope you guys have a great one.

⋅ if you watch silicon valley, you’ll wanna read this.
⋅ is this not just mind blowingly cute?
⋅ and same goes for these.
⋅ these are chairs i will most likely pine over for life.
⋅ you know i love me some DIY games.
⋅ such a cute simple DIY that won’t even get your hands dirty!
⋅ really wanting to buy myself one of these.


help me pick out dining chairs?

May 21, 2015


it’s been a long while since i’ve done any home stuff, but now that we’ve been married a tiny bit, we are wanting a house real bad. before the new house though, i got us a new dining table with all the gift cards we registered for (!!). unfortunately, our wishbone chairs are really short with the table, and now i’m thinking we need to sell our wishbones and replace with some taller chairs.

dining chairs | almost makes perfect

but i’m super indecisive, so help me and tell me which ones would look the best?!

01. kind of obsessed with these, BUT someday i kinda want a brown leather couch, and that sounds like a lot of brown leather.
02. black shaker chairs are totally in right now. and i love jumping on trends.
03. these might be just as short as our current chairs, but i love them. and i’m currently too lazy to measure.
04. the white + wood could look real good? understood?
05. we had these at our wedding, so they’d be a nostalgia chair for us. but they could also work outside someday.
06. lastly, my dad has four of these. i’ve claimed them as my own and been considering paying to have them shipped from boston for a few years, should i just do that?! (it’ll prob end up costing the same as a new set)

help! what’s your favorite?

diy modern dreamcatcher

May 20, 2015


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super excited to share todays DIY with you guys — i actually had planned on making something completely different last week, but i couldn’t find the supplies in my mess. instead i found this hoop i had bought months ago and never had done anything with it – and decided to whip this up. i’m kind of obsessed with looking at it.

keep reading

six spring cleaning + organizing DIYs

May 19, 2015


this year we made one of the best decisions of our lives — to hire a cleaning lady. she comes every other week, and while it’s an expense we didn’t have before, i seriously don’t know how we survived in the apartment before. the toilets are clean. there’s much less fur everywhere. the stove isn’t covered in gunk. it’s amazing. but she isn’t a miracle worker — so the apartment is still cluttered to shit. now that it’s spring, we’re all kind of thinking about how we could be more organized, right? here are six DIYs to make you feel just a tad bit cleaner.

6 spring cleaning + organizing DIYs | almost makes perfect

01. this diy dustpan looks like something i’d try to spend $60 on gid would say no.
02. we use laundry bags, but they are NEVER organized by lights and darks.
03. prettying up our shampoo bottles was one of the most visually satisfying things ever.
04. everyone needs an easy place to corral their mail + crap.
05. and speaking of corralling, there is nothing better than a bunch of cute bowls for that,
06. but nothing makes me feel more organized than making lists (even if i don’t accomplish all the things on said list)